Japan fighter jets scrambled to fend off China. US Army to deploy armored battalion to South Korea

Japan scrambled fighter jets to head off a Chinese government plane flying towards disputed islands in the East China Sea, Tokyo’s defence ministry said.

It is the first such incident to be announced by the ministry since China created its new air defence identification zone (ADIZ) in November last year, which has stoked tensions in the region.

The Chinese Y-12 propeller plane flew into Japan’s own ADIZ, about 160 kilometres from airspace around the Tokyo-controlled Senkakus, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyus, the ministry said.


U.S. Army to deploy armored battalion to South Korea
The US military plans to deploy an armored battalion to South Korea to allow for “greater responsiveness” in case of a crisis with North Korea, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

Eight hundred troops and armored vehicles from the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment will be stationed at camps Hovey and Stanley near the demarcation line with the North starting next month, the Pentagon said in a statement.

The rotational deployment is part of a strategic shift towards the Asia-Pacific region “and allows for greater responsiveness to better meet theater operational requirements,” it said.


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